Here you will find some blog posts about our recent activities.
On March 14, 2013, the International meeting on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) agreed to list scalloped hammerheads (Sphyrna lewini, S. zygaena, and S. mokarran), porbeagle sharks (Lamna nasus), oceanic whitetip sharks (Carcharhinus longimanus), and Manta Rays (genus Manta) on Appendix II for protection. This agreement is an important step towards better management of these threatened species, which are harvested for shark fins and manta ray gill rakers.
While Cousteau Divers has been developing and expanding, our program in the US has also been growing through our partnership with the Canterbury School of Florida and the Canterbury Venture Crew. The students participating in Cousteau Divers activities have written a few blogs about their experiences. This entry describes our summer experience testing the Cousteau Divers dive log.
Donate a photo! Send your best high resolution underwater picture to us in the next 24 hours and it will be included in our 2013 book (all profit from sales will go to finance our projects!).
We're releasing a photo book before the holidays that includes:
- Cousteau archive images.
- Cousteau quotes.
- A "dive-through" of all our activities since 2009 in images.
In 1965, Jacques Cousteau built a house 100 meters below the surface of the sea. One of the six oceanauts who lived and worked in that house for one month recalls his first excursion on the seabed at such depths. "As soon as as I exit the sphere, I am struck by three things: hoses and cables replace the bubbles... the seabed replaces the surfaces... and night replaces day."
On June 11th 2010, I launched a poetry contest to honor my father’s 101st anniversary. The winning poem was to be engraved on a memorial plaque and brought down to the Aegean seabed this summer.
More than one hundred poems were submitted in the form of haikus and on the theme of the ocean. The voting took place on facebook: whichever poem received the most likes won. And it was a heated battle between Stephen Matadobra, Gilli Graham, and Jemfyr Tree. You can find these poems compiled in a free downloadable ebook.
Photos by Pierre-Yves Cousteau, Eric Linders, Daniel Holmstedt, Alexander Reichardt and Jean-Bruno Marciacq.
The Cousteau Society and its partners returned to the field to undertake the second mission of the Red Sea Shark and Ray Conservation and Management project, and conduct wider survey on the reef ecosystem and food web.
During a two weeks mission, the research team, led by Nigel Hussey and Steven Kessel (University of Windsor – Canada), carried out state of the art research studies using a combination of techniques including acoustic tags and monitors, underwater fixed camera (BRUVS – Baited Remote Underwater Video Stations), biological sampling for food web work and visual surveys. For the first time, two members of the Cousteau Divers community were invited to join the expedition team during one week to observe and assist the scientific team
- Watch the video of the expedition HERE >>
- Meet THE TEAM >>